So far, 48 people have died in California (and the toll is expected to rise) as a result of the deadliest wildfires in its history. Here are three books to read for more information on what is being done to stop wildfires and what it takes to fight them.
The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame
By Michael Kodas
365 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (2017)
In the early 1900s, following a particularly deadly wildfire, the United States Forest Service cracked down on fires, extinguishing them no matter how small they were. As a result, much of the vegetation that might otherwise have been cleaned by naturally occurring blazes piled up, making subsequent fires that much more deadly. And now it’s a business: About 40 percent of America’s wildfire-fighting resources…